1 in 20 people in the USA are suffering from Rosacea, that’s roughly 14 million people (1). Anyone who has experienced Rosacea, will know how frustrating it can be (2). There is the daily suffering from sometimes burning, redness, pimples, swelling and even superficial dilated blood vessels in your skin. Often areas of the face are the most impacted, the nose, cheeks, forehead and chin.
If left untreated, rosacea can worsen with time. Therefore, it’s important to take action now.
What Causes Rosacea?
Unfortunately, experts are not sure what exactly causes Rosacea, although there are a number of factors that are believed to be contributors and exacerbate the situation (3). These include abnormalities in facial blood vessels which can cause flushing, persistent redness, and visible blood vessels.
Rosacea can be triggered by certain food groups, spices, caffeine, extreme temperatures, stress or anxiety, exercise, some medications, artificial lighting, alcohol and some medical conditions. It is important to be self-aware and take note when you realize certain triggers cause the symptoms.
How to Treat Rosacea?
The medical industry is quick to prescribe a combination of topical medications and oral drugs, sponsored by the large Pharma companies.
Laser treatment has proven to be effective, using intense pulsed light to shrink the visible blood vessels. The procedure can be uncomfortable and cause some pain, bruising, crusting of the skin, swelling and tenderness. These side effects normally disappear within a couple of weeks and this treatment type has proved very effective.
What if you could start controlling your Rosacea with an easier, less invasive solution from the comfort of your own home. There is now evidence that there are more effective, better options, that are less invasive and do not compromise your overall health like prescription drugs can do, and without the damage and pain that comes with laser surgery (10; 11; 12).
Red Light Therapy and Rosacea
There is now a non-invasive solution, which you can use from the comfort of your own home. Red Light Therapy has been proven to boost the skins healing rate by 200% (4; 5; 6; 7; 8). The benefits to Rosacea sufferers are:
- Decreased inflammation and pain
- Boosting of the rate of skin healing for faster results
- Reduce swelling
- Easing of itchy/dry feeling
- Can prevent the worsening of symptoms
- Safe for regular use, plus can be used at home
- Non-invasive and pain-free
This photo from laserusmd.com shows the dramatic improvements that can been seen in only a few treatments:
Biological Mechanism Of Red Light Work Affecting Rosacea
As the red-light photons shine onto the affected area, the light energy is absorbed, this is used for the natural and healing process. Visible red light can penetrate up to 1.5cm into the skin, with near-infrared light going up to 5cm. This mean the benefits can be experienced at all layers of the skin (13; 14; 15).
The light energy causes increased microcirculation, which means more blood and healing nutrients delivered to the affected area, bringing more oxygen which accelerates the healing and rebuilding process of the cells (16; 17). The improvements in skin condition, color and feel can be experienced in only a few treatments.
Red Light is even effective for broken capillaries on the cheeks and around the nose.
What Wavelength and Treatment Time is Right for Rosacea?
The optimal single wavelength is 660nm for healing the skin, and it penetrates deep enough for most skin conditions. If you combine near-infrared (850nm) as well, this is more effective on the swelling aspect of the skin healing and can also target deeper tissues.
It is important to get the appropriate intensity. Mercola (9) recommends at least 20mW/cm2 to get optimal benefit for the skin, with an accumulation of 5-6 Joules of energy. Therefore, with the Red Light Rising Target Light, you would want this to be held 50-60cm away from your face for a duration of 5-6 minutes.
As your skin gets used to the light photons and energy, you can extend treatment times and bring the device closer to your skin – there are no negative side effects of too much red light.
Long Term Use of Red Light
It is recommended to continue using red light as your treatment for rosacea, but we also encourage a lifestyle to manage and improve symptoms. This would include regular red light exposure, along with proper hydration, avoidance of known triggers, gentle skin care, rest/sleep, and stress management.
Red Light Therapy brings a natural healing mechanism with benefits that far out weight other solution for Rosacea sufferers. It is a great addition to your routine, which will not only improve your rosacea, but bring with it a number of other benefits as well.
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The Red Light Rising Team